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UAV Navigation in Depth: From Our Minds to Reality

UAV Navigation is one of the most innovative companies inside the UAV avionics market in the world. We were the first company to implement and include the complete and fully autonomous autorotation capability on our rotary wing software or the sea-skimming and autonomous evasive maneuvers in target drones. 

To develop these disruptive technologies, our product’s success is based on a close relationship with all the actors of the aerospace industry, the experience acquired through the years, and the promotion of excellence among our engineers motivating their formation and the improvement of their skills.

The first step of this journey is to understand every single detail of the challenge to overcome and collect the worries and challenges that cause our clients’ concern so that we can provide a solution adapted to their necessities and expectations.

Once we have gathered our customer’s requirements, we try to find experts in manned aviation, real pilots that explain to us how they feel in the field when flying a maneuver like the one we are developing and we ask them every single detail of the aircraft reactions and the forces they experience when flying. For this task, thanks to our more than 16 years in the aerospace industry, we can count on the expertise of many professionals from acrobatic and air racing competitions.

With all these inputs, our engineers analyze all the details and make a detailed analysis of the complete system in order to understand the best way to include the new feature in the autopilot, always maintaining the aircraft in the flight envelope to ensure flight safety.

By taking all the conclusions extracted from the previous steps into consideration, our engineers start designing the required modifications of the system to include the new feature. This is a complex process, where our staff takes care of developing a clean and safe code according to the DO standards and helps us face future certification processes.

The next step in the funnel is to perform hours of simulation. We have invested many efforts to develop high-quality simulators, which resulted in the VECTOR-HIL, our most advanced simulator that allows us to test the real flight software in many different situations and helps us push our software to the limit. It is in this step where our engineers test the new software version during hours, guaranteeing the software is released ensures flight safety, even before the real flight testing. During the real flight tests, our engineers carry out many hours of flight testing, including testing the behavior of the aircraft and the GCS software environment. Data from the autopilot is also collected in order to perform post-analysis in the office and execute modifications to refine the software.

Finally, thanks to our great relationship with our clients, we have some trusted customers whose experience and testing has a great value for us so we send them beta software versions. Despite them being beta versions, meaning they are not official softwares and available for all customers, we absolutely guarantee safety, tested, and ensured during the previous steps of the process. This is what we usually referred as MVP, Minimum Valuable Product, a concept from Lean Startup, which is translated in offering the to early-adopter customers a new product and features to learn from their comments and feedback and improve the product.

At UAV Navigation, we are an aerospace company and we want to take unmanned aviation to the next level by means of innovative and complex features but always ensuring the reliability of the system and relying on feedbacks from our customer.

Contact us to work with us and bring the feature or maneuver you have in mind for your platform to reality.

 

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UAV Navigation is a privately-owned company that has specialized in the design of flight control solutions for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) since 2004. It is used by a variety of Tier 1 aerospace manufacturers in a wide range of UAV - also known as Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) or 'drones'. These include high-performance tactical unmanned planes, aerial targets, mini-UAVs and helicopters.